Nigel Farage is being accused of breaking a mandatory 14 day coronavirus quarantine after his recent trip to the US... to go to the pub.
On 20 June, the Brexit Party leader posted a photo of himself in the US before his scheduled attendance at president Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Farage’s presence in the US came about despite a ban from the US for UK visitors.
He was allowed to travel due to it reportedly being in the “national interest”. In fact, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives launched an investigation into Farage’s “troubling” entry into the country.
According to Politico, Bennie Thompson said:
The decision of the Trump Administration to admit Mr Farage to the United States... at a time when most travel from the United Kingdom to the U.S. has been suspended raises numerous troubling questions, as does the claim that such travel was in the national interest
As soon as people land back in the UK, there exists a 14 day quarantine period in case they present with symptoms.
Failure to do so can result in, as the UK Government website warns:
In England, if you do not self-isolate, you can be fined £1,000.
Farage reportedly attended the rally on 20 June and even if he flew back straight after it was finished, he has not completed a full 14 days of self-quarantine as of today's (4 July) date. If he flew back on 21 June, the quarantine should expire at midnight tonight.
Nevertheless, Farage posted a photo of himself holding a pint to celebrate the reopening of pubs today:
As a result, hundreds of people responded to the tweet to accuse the Brexit Party leader of breaking the 14 day quarantine rule:
While some tagged authorities in the tweet to bring it to their attention:
It’s not the first time Farage has been reported to the police for allegedly breaking rules.
He travelled the 100 mile trip from his home in Kent to Pett Level in East Sussex during lockdown at the start of May to make a film about migrants.
Besides the film being branded “racist” and “xenophobic” on social media, people were angry he broke lockdown rules for non-essential travel or exercise.
According to the suggestion of a representative for Farage, he tried to claim he was a key worker.
The representative said in The Mirror:
Nigel was working as a broadcaster. His interviews taken as part of the report were later used on LBC Radio.
Regarding this latest alleged rule-break, indy100 reached out to Nigel Farage for comment. If he responds, we'll let you know.